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Transforming Lives

Nazo, one of the top tailors at the garment production center, loves designing women’s clothing and can reproduce designs pictur

To provide a safe place for aspiring woman tailors to gain new skills and earn an income, USAID opened the Farah Women’s Garment Production Center in October 2008.  Dozens of women applied for positions, and the local Community Development Council accepted 50 of the most promising seamstresses. These women had been working from their homes using pedal-style sewing machines and were ready to enrich their skills.

A judge from rural Afghanistan endures difficult travel to receive USAID training.

Since 2005, USAID has supported the Afghan Supreme Court in providing a four week Foundation Training for sitting judges who, because of years of war and insecurity, did not receive the required year-long Stage Judicial Training Program for new judges.  Nearly 800 sitting judges have completed the skills-training program. 

After  Afghans only need to make one stop at the new Afghan Central Business Registry to register a business in less than two ho

Business Registration in Afghanistan used to involve visiting up to five separate government offices – the Commercial Courts, the TIN office, the Central Bank branch, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Finance – and take 6-8 days to complete.  The old process, with its myriad steps and varying fee structures, allowed many opportunities for confusion and corruption. 

Haji Nabi of Zinnat Carpet accepts the award for Best Modern Design at Domotex Hanover.

USAID’s Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development project (ASMED) sponsored the participation of 30 Afghan carpet traders in Domotex, the premiere carpet and flooring trade show held every January in Hannover, Germany. The show was organized with the assistance of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan.

Workers sorting pomegranates for export in Kandahar Province.

The pomegranate is widely regarded as a ‘wonder fruit’ because of its scientifically proven health benefits. But to many farmers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the wonders of this fruit are measured by the economic future that it provides.

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Last updated: February 04, 2016

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